Day 20 – Make Some Noise

Share a #SongToBelong with Make Some Noise this December!

Local music charity Make Some Noise is inviting people of all ages to share a #SongToBelong with them this December as part of its Christmas fundraising appeal running from 14th – 20th December 2020. We hope that you’ll consider supporting us this year, so we can continue unlocking the extraordinary potential in children & young people in 2021!

www.make-some-noise.com/songtobelong/

Day 19 – North Staffs Mind

North Staffs Mind provides mental health services to adults, children and young people across North Staffordshire and surrounding areas, including counselling, online chat, support groups, workshops in schools, mental health training and more.

2020 has been a challenging year, and has really taken its toll on people’s mental health. So this Christmas we’re simply asking our local communities to support better mental health as we move forward into the new year. Help us to be there for everyone who needs us across North Staffordshire, so that no one faces a mental health problem alone.

For more information about North Staffs Mind, our local services and self-help resources, visit www.nsmind.org.uk.

Day 18 – Vast

VAST is a charity dedicated to developing, advancing and promoting the voluntary and community sector in Staffordshire. We do this by providing key services and valuable support, and by encouraging professional development. Our aim is to help the local voluntary and community sector prosper and grow.  We do this by providing representation and advocacy at a strategic level both locally and nationally as well as through helping organisations recruit and maintain volunteers, supporting them with the running and development of their organisations and providing them with professional and affordable accountancy, graphic design and digital services.

Throughout the COVID 19 pandemic VAST has worked alongside Stoke on Trent City Council on the Stoke on Trent Together project which brings together local statutory and voluntary sector services to co-ordinate help and support to the most vulnerable residents of the City all in e place. Through this project we have received over 3,500 requests for support to date and almost 300 individuals have been placed in volunteering roles to ensure the voluntary sector can meet the increased demand being placed on their services.

Day 17 – Cross Rhythms City Radio

Cross Rhythms City Radio is a community radio station based in Stoke on Trent and broadcasting on 101.8FM and online: https://www.crossrhythms.co.uk/radio/console/

As a registered charity, they have 160 volunteers a year and work with young people including those not in employment, education or training and provide training, work experience, volunteering and school placements. They offer a nurturing environment, increasing skills, self-esteem and confidence with many finding subsequent employment.

The community radio promotes local events and with about 300 interviews a year with members of the community including community groups and the Police, Fire, Museums, Mental Health, Advisory Services, YMCA, Business Brokers…

Day 15 – New Vic Theatre

New Vic theatre is a registered charity and as such they rely on the generous support of individuals to help them continue to create ground-breaking theatre-in-the-round together with their community and education work – being a force for positive change in the region.

Day 16 – The Gingerbread Centre

The Stoke based Gingerbread Centre (www.gingerbreadcentre.co.uk) supports homeless families from across the area regardless as to how they have become homeless. Homelessness doesn’t discriminate, it can happen to anybody. They aim to keep the family together and avoid children going into temporary care.

The Centre provides short-term accommodation, personal development, training, advice and encouragement, so that families can regain their independence.

They expect to be full over the Christmas period with 33 families, including 41 children, in their supported accommodation and staff will be on hand throughout the holiday period to ensure that everybody has the best time that they can.

Their Christmas Appeal (Message on a Bauble) launches on 11th December and provides a great opportunity to spread some cheer in these challenging times, while helping local homeless families at the same time.

Day 14 – YMCA

More than 1500 people use YMCA North Staffordshire every month from a wide customer base – young people, families, children, community groups, sports teams, vulnerable adults, youth clubs, business meetings and art classes because they find support and encouragement there. The YMCA is a place where young people, families and our communities can get access to services and resources that will help them develop a better future for themselves and others.

The YMCA’s vision is of an inclusive Christian movement, transforming communities so that all young people truly belong, contribute, and thrive.

This year they wish to spread the festive spirit with kindness, aiming to send 500 hampers to families in Stoke and North Staffordshire over the Christmas period.

The North Staffordshire Medical Institute was established in 1961 as an independent charity to provide funds for medical and surgical research and to facilitate medical education.

Whilst the education and research aspects of their work continues to be funded by the charitable donations, the Wade Conference Centre operates as a registered charity with any surplus monies being used to fund medical research and education in accordance with the terms of the trust. It can be hired at most attractive rates by individuals, groups, organisations, or companies, whether medical or otherwise.

Chamber Charity Calendar

Welcome to the Chamber Charity Calendar!

Every day we’ll be putting the spotlight on one of our Chamber Charities, and with 23 incredible organisations to share, this will lead us all the way up to Christmas Eve.

If you can, please consider making a donation to help support the amazing work they do for our community. All money raised will be divided equally between the charities.

Wishing you all a very merry festive season.

Day 10 – Hubb Foundation

The Hubb Foundation is a socially inclusive charity dedicated to supporting vulnerable families and communities in creating happy, healthy school holidays.

To make sustainable improvements to the aspirations, achievements and life skills of young people and families, making a real impact upon their lives irrespective of circumstance.

They aim to support the community by developing physical, mental, and emotional wellbeing while positively affecting social change and creating happy memories.